Fresh and unaware of the agony lying ahead we started our hike. It all started very easy and things were nice and dandy and we were kind of wondering how this could possibly take 5,5 hours. In this tempo we would be at the refuge in 2,5-3 hours. Even with those 20kgs we were each carrying.
Fairly dead landscape. Not (yet) the black volcanic stones that we saw on many places elsewhere on the island. Instead a colorful reddish-yellow sand with occasionally big boulders on the side of the road.
On the rim of the mountain on the left side of the second picture you can just see a couple of buildings from the Tenerife Observatory.
The scenery reminded me a bit of the Grand Canyon in the US.
That first “bit” went fairly easy. Until we came to the part where the actual real climb began. The next image is already from a bit further up. This was the part where the hike was really steep, despite the zig-zagging of of the trail.
And after a long, long 4 hours we arrived at the refuge, 3,270 meters. Very tired, but very satisfied.